U.S. Army Corps of Engineers encourage public to “Wear Your Life Jacket to Work” on May 20

Published May 16, 2016

FORT WORTH, Texas – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fort Worth District will join boating professionals and boating enthusiasts to heighten awareness of different life jacket types, including inflatable life jackets, and demonstrate their comfort and versatility by wearing them to work during  “Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day”, Friday, May 20, 2016.

The annual event, hosted by the National Safe Boating Council serves as a fun, educational element just prior to National Safe Boating Week, May 21-27, the official launch of the 2016 North American Safe Boating Campaign. Educating the boating public about the safety and comfort of life jackets has been a main focus of the North American Safe Boating Campaign.

The Fort Worth District and National Safe Boating Council is asking all participants to take a picture of themselves in their life jacket while at work and post it to the Ready, Set, Wear It! Facebook page (facebook.com/readysetwearit) and Fort Worth District Facebook page (facebook.com/usacefortworth) using #readysetwearit #wearitFortWorth. 

U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in approximately 68% of recreational boating fatalities in 2014, and that approximately 84 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.

Members of the boating public as well as those interested in showing the wearability of life jackets are encouraged to participate. More information about the event and safe boating is available at facebook.com/readysetwearit.




About the Fort Worth District: The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was established in 1950. The District is responsible for water resources development in two-thirds of Texas, and design and construction at military installations in Texas and parts of Louisiana and New Mexico.  Visit the Fort Worth District Web site at: www.swf.usace.army.mil and SWF Facebook at: facebook.com/usacefortworth
Denisha Braxton
819 Taylor St.

Release no. 16-030